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Motor yacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge on her maiden voyage

July 29, 2014

July 25, 2014, saw motor yacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge embark on her maiden voyage, leaving the New Gretna plant and docks for the first time on an absolutely perfect day. The 28-metre superyacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge is a lovely sportfishing vessel, launched by the US shipyard Viking Yachts in May 2014. She represents the largest resin infused convertible sportfishing yacht ever built in the United States.

Superyacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge on her maiden voyage - Photo credit to Viking Yachts

Superyacht Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge on her maiden voyage - Photo credit to Viking Yacht Company

Viking 92 Convertible yacht provides accommodation in 6 magnificent staterooms, each with its own private head as well as shower. The full beam master suite is fitted with a king size walk around bed, a walk-in closet, a dressing table, and his and her private facilities. The vessel’s crew sleep in the crew quarters that are situated aft, with access from the cockpit. Moreover, Viking 92 boasts the salon that can be transformed into a majestic living room, with built-in furniture and plush appointments like the 60-inch flat screen television.

Video from launch of motor yacht Viking 75

July 29, 2014

US shipyard, Viking Yachts, has released a video from the eagerly awaited launch of motor yacht Viking 75. The all-new Viking 75 yacht has been designed by the yard’s in-house team, in partnership with Michael Peters Yacht Design. Her lovely interiors feature four staterooms, plus a fifth crew stateroom, with private access from the stern.

Bridge Pointe Hotel & Marina with new docks by Bellingham Marine

July 29, 2014

A complete overhaul to the Bridge Pointe Marina in New Bern, North Carolina has given this superyacht marina a new lease on life. The recently renovated luxury yacht marina now boasts new docks by Bellingham Marine, upgraded utilities and amenities, as well as an improved overall layout.


The marina’s new docks reflect the latest in timber dock technology.  The docks were designed and manufactured by world renowned marina builder Bellingham Marine.  An IPE hardwood deck framed by southern yellow pine walers highlights the attention to detail that was placed on the new facility.

“A marina’s docks play a big part of a boater’s overall impression of a facility,” said marina manager, Jesse Schmucker. “We wanted the docks at Bridge Pointe marina to echo our commitment to quality and to providing our boaters with a first class experience.”

The marina has capacity for 125 vessels with access to cable television, free wireless internet, metered power and fresh water. Finger piers range from 33’ to 70’ in length with side-tie moorage available for boats up to 150’ in length.  The marina’s deep water basin and location at the confluence of the Trent and Neuse Rivers make it a great location for local and visiting boaters.

Aside from the waterside improvements, the marina also redesigned and renovated their boater’s lounge area. The new building includes showers, restrooms, laundry, and a comfortable air conditioned sitting area. Charcoal grills are also available.

As the world’s leading marina design-build construction company, Bellingham Marine specializes in floating dock, floating platform and floating wave attenuation systems for marinas worldwide. The company also produces dry storage systems for the upland storage of boats.

Nordhavn 120#1 motor yacht Aurora nominated for 2014 ISS Design Award

July 29, 2014

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., manufacturer of the Nordhavn brand, is excited to announce that the beautiful Nordhavn 120#1 motor yacht Aurora has been shortlisted for a third prominent design award this year. Superyacht Aurora will compete against other new yachts in her class at the 2014 International Superyacht Society Design Awards.

First Nordhavn 120 superyacht AURORA underway

First Nordhavn 120 superyacht AURORA underway

Nordhavn’s Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, N.A., along with Interior Designer Destry Darr, will compete in categories recognizing achievement in superyacht engineering and style. Luxury yacht Aurora‘s bid in the ISS Awards of Distinction follows up her shortlisted nominations at the World Superyacht Awards and the International Yacht and Aviation awards earlier this year.

Winners will be announced at the ISS’s International Awards for Design and Leadership Gala which kicks off the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. “We are once again thrilled to be considered for excellence in the design and engineering of our beautiful Nordhavn 120, Aurora,” said Jeff Leishman. “Not only did she exceed our expectations, but she has exceeded the expectations of her owners as well. She is a masterpiece of architecture, design, craftsmanship and styling and represents success in our commitment to building the very best.”

New motor yacht Nordhavn 96 scheduled for completion in September 2015

July 29, 2014

Pacific Asian Enterprises (PAE) has expanded the Nordhavn line with the addition of the new motor yacht Nordhavn 96. With three hulls already sold, this new design looks to serve as a stepping stone between the large cruiser and megayacht categories. Superyacht Nordhavn 96 is destined for an enthusiast who is searching for megayacht-like style and features in a boat that is still able to be managed with no or minimal crew.

First superyacht Nordhavn 96 under construction

First superyacht Nordhavn 96 under construction

Luxury yacht Nordhavn 96 is based on the hull of the very successful Nordhavn 86 (example is motor yacht Koonoona), and incorporates a 10-foot cockpit extension that allows for space bumps in several areas of the boat including the crew area, saloon and sky lounge. Additional room is also found within the outside deck (aft of the sky lounge) as well as the flybridge deck, which are both lengthened.

Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, N.A., said there will be no changes to fuel capacity and that there may be slight gains in fuel burn due to the N96’s longer water line. Meanwhile, there will be relatively little increase in displacement. “It is a fairly easy procedure to extend the molds,” said Leishman. And it is an efficient way to give a customer the additional space they are seeking without the drastic cost of building an entirely new hull. Nordhavn has employed this method of thinking with several of its other models including the N52 (based on the N47 hull), the N60 and 63 (based on the N55 hull), the N68 (based on the N64 hull) and the N76 (based on the N72 hull), and the approach has been a hugely successful one. The stretched out models proved themselves to be so advantageous that, as a result, they have become more popular than their predecessors. And contrary to a recently published report, there is absolutely zero downside to adding hull extensions. Says Leishman: “These types of modifications have actually demonstrated to enhance performance.”

Works on motor yacht Nordhavn 96

Works on motor yacht Nordhavn 96

Like the motor yacht N86, the interior of the Nordhavn 96 superyacht is customizeable to the owner’s personal vision. She accommodates eight comfortably within the VIP and three guest staterooms, and includes a captain’s cabin and crew quarters with separate entrance. She is propelled with twin Caterpillar C-18 engines allowing a cruising speed of 10 knots and carries more than 7,000 gallons of fuel.

The first N96 yacht is currently in production and is expected to complete September 2015.

Below is a gallery for the superb charter yachts built by Nordhavn:

New Cantiere delle Marche Exclusive Dealer for Range of Explorer Yachts in the USA

July 28, 2014

As a result of several months of a close and successful collaboration, which has already brought the sale of a motor yacht Darwin Class 102’ (formerly 96’) and the signature of one letter of intent on a Darwin Class 96’ yacht, Cantiere delle Marche is delighted to announce that it has confirmed his trust in Denison Yacht Sales as the perfect partner to make the Darwin Class as well as the Nauta Air yachts a key reference point also in the American market.

Darwin Class 96 Yacht

Darwin Class 96 Yacht

Vasco Buonpensiere, Sales and Marketing Director, says: ”There is no doubt about the need for Cantiere delle Marche to have someone who transfers our values, mission and vision on a daily basis in the US market. The combined knowledge, experience and enthusiasm of Alex together with Bob Denison is a sure formula to make things happen in the United States. Beside a strong marketing plan, we are also working on a dedicated range of vessels which are engineered and designed exclusively for the American market, after having interviewed more than 250 potential CdM yacht’s owners in the US. This wouldn’t have been possible without such an experienced and proactive partner”.

The award-winning Italian Shipyard, which – in three years and a half – has outperformed all his competitors with its two explorer ranges of yachts (Darwin Class and Nauta Air), will bring two of the seven boats under to the 2015 American Boat Shows (Miami and Fort Lauderdale).

Nauta Air 86 Yacht YOLO at launch

Nauta Air 86 Yacht YOLO at launch

Alex G. Clarke confirms the positive energy which surrounds this new cooperation between CdM and Denison Yacht Sales: ‘The appointment of Denison Super Yacht Division as the exclusive North American representative for Cantiere delle Marche is the culmination of 5+ years of building relationships with the CEO Ennio Cecchini who I consider a personal friend, as well as Naval Architect Sergio Cutolo who is responsible for the highly successful Darwin line of yachts, and of course Vasco Buonpensiere who I feel is the heart & soul of the shipyard. American buyers have pioneered the explorer style vessels, and I am confident that the Cantiere delle Marche brand will be a huge success in the USA and we are honored to be a part of building this great future with CdM.’

Bob Denison, founder and President of DYS strongly believes in the success of CDM in the North American Market and declares: “The Denison team is thrilled to be representing CdM in North America. As a grandson, a nephew, and a son of aluminum boat builders here in the U.S., this product is very special to me personally. I strongly believe in the CdM and can’t wait to introduce the American market to the product.”

Gabriele Virgili, Chairman of Cantiere delle Marche, confirms: ”Alex’s approach to our products and our Shipyard is unbelievable: it is like he has been part of our organization since the beginning. His commitment towards the clients, his professionality and precision when it comes to the most delicate stages of the negotiations are really commendable. I am sure that we will soon move up from our one-sale-every-90-days average performance thanks to this partnership”.

Ever since its foundation, Cantiere delle Marche has set out to distinguish itself, widen its strategies to an international range of clients and focussing on top building quality, a wide standard spec and unique explorer yacht products. Each ship, produced in only a limited number of units, guarantees sturdy, seaworthy performance, combined with low fuel consumption and stunning volumes. The Darwin Class and the Nauta Air Explorer Yachts are considered “niche within a niche” boats as they combine the luxury specifications of a super yacht with the size of a steel hulled mini-ship designed for long range use, at an average speed of 10 knots, for every yacht passionate who is looking for ocean going, long range, overengineered explorer yachts capable of remaining at sea for months at a time, with ranges up to 7000 Miles.

Video: 46m Trinity motor yacht CLAIRE cruising into Fort Lauderdale, Florida

July 28, 2014

Measuring 46 meters in length over all, luxury charter yacht Claire (ex Iris) is a stylish 2003 Trinity vessel,  with last refit in 2013. Available for rent in the popular Caribbean yacht holiday locations, motor yacht Claire boasts beautiful interiors by Dee Robinson, which can comfortably sleep 10 guests in total. Below is a video showing this beauty while cruising into Florida’s Fort Lauderdale from the Atlantic Ocean, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Newly launched Veloce 140 motor yacht Cheers 46 by Benetti to make her debut at FLIBS 2014

July 28, 2014

Recently launched by the Tuscany-based shipyard Benetti, the striking Veloce 140’ motor yacht Cheers 46 represents the new jewel in the crown of the Benetti Class Fast Displacement range, set to make her world premiere at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), running in the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. Superyacht Cheers 46 is a yacht with a great personality, deriving both from the technological innovations of the hull and propulsion systems, as well as from the distinctive design and furnishings.

Veloce 140 Yacht Cheers 46 by Benetti

Veloce 140 Yacht Cheers 46 by Benetti

The most distinguishing feature is the new D2P hull designed by Pierluigi Ausonio Naval Architecture Studio and the Azimut|Benetti Research and Development Center. The most obvious advantages consist of the energy-saving, 12-knot cruising speed and the ability to travel at high speeds (over 20 knots) in total comfort. M/Y Cheers 46 – a semi-custom yacht with a D2P (Displacement to Planing) hull – is an innovative project that excites both Benetti enthusiasts, eager for greater speed, and those who are approaching the Tuscan shipbuilder for the first time, in the knowledge of being able to rely on high-performing yachts with comfortable displacement speeds.

Veloce 140’ – M/Y Cheers 46

Luxury yacht Cheers 46 hull, first built for a Brazilian yacht owner and a trusty Azimut|Benetti customer, is characterized by highly customized interiors, starting with the layout, which may be designed according to the customers’ requirements. The Exterior Styling & Concept was developed by Stefano Righini, while the interior design is the work of the British RWD-Redman Whiteley Dixon, in collaboration with the owner’s designer.

The interior and exterior decor was entrusted to the “Paulista” architect Joao Armentano. The woods used mainly include light gray TAY and slate gray TABU for the flooring. The decorative elements are in a silver lacquer finish and the ceilings in alcantara and a white lacquer finish. All stainless steel features come with a satin finish. The interior furnishings are by Minotti, the lamps by Flos and the taps and fittings by Gessi.

Superyacht Cheers 46

Superyacht Cheers 46

As regards the technological heart of super yacht Cheers 46, it is worth noting the use of the largest engine ever mounted at the Viareggio Benetti shipyard: two MTU 12V 4000 M93L 3500 mhp engines. M/Y Cheers 46 is also equipped with a system of CMC Marine electrical fin stabilizers.

Sun Deck. The large Sun Deck covers more than 77 square meters on the highest “bridge” of the new Benetti yacht Cheers 46. Here, too, class and functionality blend seamlessly. This large terrace overlooking the sea is dominated by a central pool facing the most spectacular living area of the M/Y Cheers 46: an extended section on the right, served by a long linear bar on the left. Another feature of this bridge are the seats in the bow, with a frontal sea view.

Upper deck. This bridge is marked by modularity, as it was not designed with the traditional “fixed” furniture. Everything can be removed or moved with ease, to obtain a large circular area that extends outdoors and indoors. Astern, there is a large dining table seating sixteen. Here there is also a relaxation area, leading to an internal sky-lounge through electric concertina doors. This provides is a large open plan area that is partly air-conditioned. At the bow stands the yacht’s second spectacular – and especially deep – pool, with a comfortable and safe ladder to ease yourself into the water and relax in the whirlpool. Opposite, there are two large sunbeds and a living area with a sofa and coffee table, offering total privacy. On this bridge, at the express request of the owner, the area originally designed as the captain’s cabin has been converted into an additional luxury bedroom.

Main deck. This bridge is dominated by a large gym, designed at the owner’s behest. Placed in the bow, it has a wide-body structure, thus optimally exploiting the entire hull width. One of its main features is a side terrace with stunning views of the sea, providing the entire area with natural light and ventilation. The equipment, from the Technogym Personal line, is of the highest level, and there is also a massage area. Further astern, there is a large dining area seating twelve and a huge living area that extends outdoors, once again creating a seamless indoor-outdoor environment. The cockpit comes with a day bed that quickly converts into a relaxation area.

Lower deck. The lower deck leads to the sleeping area. This consists of five cabins, one for the yacht owner, two doubles and two for guests, with twin and pullman beds. The four crew cabins, for the eight crewmembers, are at the far end of the bow. The lower deck also features a wonderful and extensive “beach club” area, accessed by a double flight of steps and equipped with a central bar counter running the length of the bulkhead. The garage is placed transversely to the beam, and can accommodate up to two tenders.

The video from the launch of the first Veloce 140′ super yacht Cheers 46 can be found here.

Technical Specifications of Veloce 140’ superyacht Cheers 46:

Year of construction 2014

Construction Material GRP

Length Overall (LOA) 42 m 137’ 10”

Maximum beam 8,5 m 27’ 11“

Maximum draft 2,30 m 7’ 6“

Full load displacement 276 t

Fuel capacity 35.000 litres (9.245 US gals)

Fresh water capacity 4.000 litres (1.055 US gals)

Main Engines: 2 x MTU 12V 4000M93L 2.580kW @ 2.100 rpm

Max Speed at 1/3 load displacement 21 knots

Speed at fuel stop power = 70% 16.5knots

Range at half load displacement 500 nm @ 16,5 knots/1.250 nm @ 12 knots

Generators 2 N°2 Kohler® EFOZD 400Vac / 3pases / 50Hz, with 100 kW

Bow thruster Electrical system

Stabilisers Stabilization at anchor – Electrical system.

Propellers 5 blades, Diameter 1500mm, Material: NiBrAl

Exterior Styling & Concept Stefano Righini

Interior Design Redman Whiteley Dixon

Interior & Exterior Décor Joao Armentano

Accommodation for Guests 12 persons in 6 cabins

Accommodation for Crew 8 persons in 4 cabins (7 persons in 4 cabins as standard)

Classification RINA rules for classification of pleasure yachts C  HULL • MACH Y

Below is a selection of the beautiful charter yachts built by Benetti.

Video: New Palmer Johnson PJ170 motor yacht BLISS cruising out of Ft Lauderdale, Florida

July 25, 2014

The exciting new 52,4-metre motor yacht BLISS (Project Apollo) represents the second PJ170 vessel, recently delivered by the US shipyard, Palmer Johnson. A sister ship to luxury yacht DB9, superyacht BLISS boasts beautiful interiors, designed by Nuvolari Lenard. Below is a video showing this jewel while cruising out of the popular Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Boksa 38m luxury yacht concept series

July 24, 2014

Boksa Marine Design has released the highly innovative 38m luxury yacht concept series. The Boksa 38m superyacht concept series has been developed to match the expectations and interests of a growing segment of potential yacht owners.

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Dark Blue Hull

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Dark Blue Hull

By creating a smaller series of luxury yacht concepts, Boksa Marine Design is hoping to bring the yachting experience to a group of younger, wealthier buyers who are ready to own their first custom designed yacht.

Boksa 38M superyacht design - Black Hull

Boksa 38M superyacht design - Black Hull

The 85’-125’ (26m-38m) yacht range will allow owners to maintain a manageable crew and operating budget as well as travel to all corners of the world and dock at almost any luxury yacht marina.

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Light Blue Hull

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Light Blue Hull

Nick Boksa, president of Boksa Marine Design, a naval architecture, design and engineering firm in Tampa, Florida set out to design the 38m motor yacht series based on what the market was signalling.

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Orange Hull

Boksa 38M Yacht Design - Orange Hull

Nick commented, “The American market is still more substantial than Europe and China in terms of potential buyers. The question has become how to appeal to these potential buyers, either welcoming them into the yachting lifestyle or extending their experience.”

“The market share among the super wealthy yacht owners is still relatively low. Tremendous potential exists for both designers and builders to generate excitement in the experience of yachting and exploration.”

The new Boksa 38 superyacht series can be fully customised to suit individual owner’s tastes. The designs are also scalable up to 250’ (76m) and can be matched with various general arrangements, interiors and the addition of yacht toys.